Cain Five 2013

Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California

Blend:51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

750ML / 14.3% ABV


Winemaker Notes

Despite Cain’s constant commitment to balance and grace, despite their long demonstrated belief that power and intensity do not equate to quality, the 2013 Cain Five is undoubtedly the densest and structured Cain Five since the 1994. A perfect reflection of the vintage and the place –it is a classic vin de terroir. Drink it young, decant it now and savor, or drink it in twenty years…or anywhere in-between.

The nose is reminiscent of the vineyard, the place, with its notes of the forest and wild herbs. And a hint of the funky animal notes, also a signature of the Cain Vineyard. The depth and warmth of the palate tell the vineyard is in a land of sun and dry summers (not Bordeaux)–reminiscent of the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, France, Italy, Greece–but with a depth, a wildness, and a generosity that could only be from somewhere between Napa and Sonoma. Even then, the site is distinctly, unmistakably Cain.

Critical Acclaim

A fragrant but savoury bouquet of perfumed blackberry, rich earth, fennel seed and cigar tobacco leads to a wine with lovely cut, vibrancy and concentration, structured around firm but refined 2013 tannins. Christopher Howell deserves more recognition for the amazing consistency, longevity and sophistication that his wines from this striking Spring Mountain site routinely achieve, as anyone with Cain bottling from the ’80s and ’90s in their cellar can attest.
James Suckling
Lots of plum, clay tile and spice aromas from cumin to cloves. Decadent. Full body, ultra-fine and chewy tannins, and lovely energy and verve. Needs two or three years to soften but complex already.